How Did Claudius Build The Roman Empire

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Throughout the reign of the Julio-Claudians, Princeps embarked on grand building programs spanning the vast reaches of Imperial Rome. Building programs often reflected concern over the particular areas in the administration of the Empire. Works included the construction of aqueducts; temples and places of worship for the Augustales; rebuilding areas plagued by civil unrest or disaster; and the construction of Roman roads and infrastructure that would secure their position within the region. With the development of the Principate, Augustus planned and began construction of many great works that were finished by Tiberius. While ancient sources suggest Tiberius constructed “no magnificent works”, as Claimed by Suetonius; modern sources are…show more content…
As described by modern historian Barbara Levick, Claudius was well aware that the circumstances to which he became emperor, could be repeated if he lost the respect of high ranking officials, including but not limited to the Praetorians, and Senators. Claudius, already regarded as the fool of the family, needed a means of attaining respect to levels that would exceed his predecessor and rival his forebears. A way of establishing this respect and conception of competency was through embarking on successfully expanding the Empire through the island of Britannia. A key component of the Romanisation of the empire was the establishment of infrastructure, roads, and cities to strengthen holdings gained by the army. Claudius’ early building works were centered around the construction of the cities of Camulodunum and Londinium, key cities for the administration and economic development of the region, which he saw as imperative to his grip on the position of Princeps. Included was the construction of Watling Street, which ran the course of the island from the southwest, near to the Isle of Mona in contemporary Wales. This road would prove essential in military campaigns further into middle and upper…show more content…
The Great Fire of Rome in 64 CE saw the introduction of building codes that regulated height restrictions and the construction of partitions. Another region that saw the decimation of its public infrastructure were the cities of Camulodunum and Londinium on the distant island of Britannia. Following the Iceni tribal revolt in 61 CE, resecuring the region was paramount to maintaining the region under Imperial rule. Modern historian and esteemed Professor Michael Fulford, describes the building programmes that followed, with significant pre-Flavian works constructed during this

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